In an interview with Newsmax TV this week, political strategist Dick Morris surmised that the Supreme Court may have rejected an election-challenging lawsuit from Texas because the justices are afraid of what the Democratic Party might do to the court.

After the nomination and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, more than a few Democrats argued that Joe Biden and Congress should “pack the court” – expand the number of seats until left-wing judges once again have an ideological majority. Knowing that this would cheapen the court and essentially turn it into a partisan playground, is the court now cowed by intimidation?

“The Supreme Court is after justice, of course, but primarily they are after making sure the Supreme Court survives – that’s their institution and that’s their duty,” Morris said. “I believe the Supreme Court was sent a message by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and the Democratic Party during the election. And the message was: ‘If you overturn this election, we will pack you, and make your Court basically meaningless.’”

On Friday, the court rejected the Texas lawsuit – not on the merits of the case but rather on a finding that Texas did not have the proper standing to sue other states. Morris said that was an unusual finding on its own, seeing as how the Supreme Court is the only “original jurisdiction” appropriate for such a lawsuit.

Morris went on to say that Democrats were fully aware that their last-minute rule changes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and other states would have a detrimental impact on Trump’s chances of winning reelection.

“They knew they were committing this fraud,” Morris said. “They knew what was going around this country.”

The strategist concluded that all the talk of packing the court before the election was a “shot across the bow” – a warning to the Supreme Court that there would be consequences for an unfavorable verdict.

“Just ask yourself: Who raised the issue of Court packing? We didn’t. Why would the Democrats raise an issue that was hurting them? We would never bring it up; we never thought of packing the Court. They did,” he said. “It was a systemic effort, that succeeded, to intimidate the U.S. Supreme Court.”